Overview: Used mainly for horseback access to the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness. Hikers entering the canyon usually drive to the junction of Trail #53 and Sycamore Basin Trail #63 using Forest Road 181. Horseback riders, however, usually start their journey into the canyon at Henderson Flat where both corrals and water for horses are available. Henderson Trail #53 is a level trail that traverses below the red rock cliffs of Sycamore Canyon. The lower third of the trail is the most scenic.
Portions of this trail lie within the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness where motor vehicles and the use of any mechanized equipment, including bicycles, are prohibited. Wilderness is an important resource and national heritage--please, leave no trace. Summer travelers should prepare for hot, dry conditions. Water is available for horses at Sycamore Tank, about 0.5 miles south of the junction with Trail #63.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.